Links 2/14/2020

You Think We’re Self-Obsessed Now? The 19th Century Would Like A Word FiveThirtyEight

Prince Harry and Meghan axe all 15 employees in their UK-based team Newscom Australia (The Rev Kev)

The hidden design failure that’s costing consumers trillions Fast Company

Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory Independent Science News (JL)

Beer Waste Helps Montana Town Save Money On Water Treatment NPR (Montanamaven)

The New Spheres of Influence Foreign Affairs Graham Allison.

Day One at Yalta, the Conference That Shaped the World: ‘De Gaulle Thinks He’s Joan of Arc’ Literary Hub

Dorothy Parker’s Daring Wit Humanities

The people’s economist aeon

The way we read now Spectator USA

Battle between two legal giants escalates as Alan Dershowitz files defamation suit against David Boies AlterNet

Syraqistan

Tick Tock: Iraqi Leader Still Under Pressure To Boot U.S. Forces American Conservative

No. 1 Sponsor of Terrorism? US Media Name Iran, but Overlook a Candidate Closer to Home FAIR

It’s time to reclaim Syria’s road to recovery Asia Times (The Rev Kev). Pepe Escobar.

AP Explains: Why Syria’s M5 is Assad’s highway to victory AP

l’Affaire Jeffrey Epstein

Barclays CEO Under Investigation Over Links to Jeffrey Epstein WSJ

Brexit

In wake of Brexit, EU to put Cayman Islands on tax haven blacklist Guardian (re/silC)

Class Warfare

Newsrooms Rethink a Crime Reporting Staple: The Mugshot Marshall Project

Coronavirus and Concentration: Should the FDA Have Anti-Monopoly Authority? BIG Matt Stoller

Credit-Card Interest Rates Soar to Record High, Bond Yields Drop to Record Low: What Gives? Wolfstreet (zagonostra)

PAID BY THE PIPELINE The Intercept OregonCharles

The Challenging Arithmetic of Climate Action Project Syndicate

Wall Street is trying to catch up on climate change FT (David L)

BP has announced a “net zero” emissions plan MIT Technology Review

A Crisis Right Now: San Francisco and Manila Face Rising Seas NYT (David L)

Mean Streets Foreign Affairs

Waste Watch

Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress Waste Dive

The ESA is about to turn one of its spacecraft into a fireball MIT Technology Review

In Somalia, an unprecedented effort to kill massive locust swarms with biocontrol Science (guurst)

Health Care

Health insurer stocks surge as Bernie Sanders’ primary win seen boosting Trump’s chances MarketWatch (re/silC)

Giant viruses may be attacking the microbes in our guts Ars Technica (re/silC)

Trump Transition

White House quietly trims dozens of national security experts LA Times

Julian Assange

Assange Extradition: Blatant Judicial Double Standards Off Guardian (chuck l)

2020

The Establishment Now Has Three Horses in the Race — and None Won New Hampshire TruthOut

Mayor Pete’s Health Care Plan Is a Joke Jacobin

What’s Behind Warren’s Weak Start FiveThirtyEight

Michael Bloomberg’s campaign suddenly drops memes everywhere The Strats Times

‘This is what panic looks like’: Sanders team hits back after Wall Street criticism Guardian. re/silC: “look out below wall street pete.”

India

India’s Textile City of Tiruppur is an Environmental Dark Spot The Wire

Climate change policies will continue to fall short unless we hand the mic to those most hurt by it Scroll

Our Famously Free Press

McClatchy, a Major U.S. Newspaper Chain, Files for Bankruptcy NYT (Dan)

#2019-nCoV

When Viruses Turn Political Project Syndicate

Is THIS Why Most Coronavirus Deaths Have Been In Chinese Men? George Washington

Title: The Novel Coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is Highly Contagious and More Infectious Than Initially Estimated medRxiv  (Dr. Kevin)

Here’s How Computer Models Simulate the Future Spread of New Coronavirus Scientfiic American (David L)

A virus called Wuhan-400 makes people terribly ill … in a Dean Koontz thriller from 1981. How is it that some books appear to prophesy events? SCMP (re/silC)

US military prepping for coronavirus pandemic Military Times . re/silC: “our space force will shoot the droplets out of the air.”

Antidote du Jour (via) To celebrate day 1 of the Great Backyard Bird Count, I should have posted a picture from the backyard where I’m currently a houseguest. Thanks to reader Milton for cluing me in to the existence of this event.

Alas, no flybys today. Wish I’d managed to snap the greater coucal that flew by the other day. But the bird was long gone before I grabbed my camera. I’ve posted this antidote because it’s in the spirit of a backyard bird:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour

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